Prayer tour features 'power-packed group' of speakers

Jeff Bobo • Apr 2, 2017 at 6:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The Connecting East Tennessee Prayer Tour will be making stops in Rogersville and Kingsport on Saturday, April 8.

The tour will visit the Bridge Baptist Church in Rogersville from 10 a.m. until noon, followed by a stop at Higher Ground Baptist Church in Kingsport from 7-9 p.m.

The events are sponsored by the National Day of Prayer Taskforce.

Rogersville Rev. Sheldon Livesay, who is serving as East Tennessee National Day of Prayer regional coordinator, said the public is welcome, along with pastors and prayer leaders.

“Meet some of our state and past national leaders in prayer,” Livesay said. “This two hour meeting is to encourage, inform and connect East Tennesseans with efforts going on throughout the region.”

Livesay noted that there will be a “power-packed group” of speakers.

Sarah Lowe is responsible for the five South Central States for the National Day of Prayer, and Rick Lowe is the Tennessee coordinator.

Marlene Tidwell and Joyce Breazeale are with the Tennessee Governmental Prayer Alliance.

Capitol Hill Prayer Partners founder Genendal Fratantuono is now a prominent figure in Prayer Efforts in Chattanooga.

Local clergy will be represented by Doug Tweed and Thomas Cook, who are involved in prayer efforts in the Tri-Cities.

Judy Godat will join the group planning a Will Graham crusade in Johnson City in the spring of 2018.

Livesay, who is director of Rogersville’s Of One Accord ministry, said he hears people ask, “What is this prayer tour about?”

“This is possibly the most critical year in our nation’s history and only prayer can keep our nation from collapsing,” Livesay said. “The National Day of Prayer is just around the corner, which offers an opportunity to fill up our town square with people crying out to God for His help.”

“Another reason for the prayer tour is that many people feel if true revival were to start in our nation, it would start in East Tennessee. Chattanooga is the most Bible-minded city in America, according to Barna Statistics. The Tri-Cities are No. 5 and Knoxville is No. 8. We believe of all the places in America, we need to position ourselves that if it happens, it can happen here.”                                                                               

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